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Protect and Defend Audiobook

Protect and Defend

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Publisher's Summary

An action-packed and all-too-realistic vision of nations navigating the minefield of international intrigue, Protect and Defend is Vince Flynn's most explosive political thriller yet. The action begins in the heart of Iran, where billions of dollars are being spent on the development of a nuclear program. No longer willing to wait for the international community to stop its neighboring enemy, Israel launches a creative and daring operation that leaves a radioactive tomb in the middle of Iran's second largest city. An outraged Iranian government publicly blames both Israel and the United States and demands retribution.

Enter Mitch Rapp, America's top counterterrorism operative. Rapp convinces President Josh Alexander to sign off on a risky operation that will push Iran to the brink of revolution. But when Iran recruits Hezbollah master terrorist Imad Mukhtar, and a CIA effort goes disastrously wrong, Rapp and Mukhtar are set on a collision course that threatens to engulf the entire region in war. With the clock ticking, Rapp is given 24 hours, no questions asked, to do whatever it takes to stop Mukhtar, and avert an unthinkable catastrophe.

©2007 Vince Flynn; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Flynn didn't invent the post-9/11 thriller, but he might as well have....[He] is the best pure adrenaline-charged action writer out there today." (Providence Journal)

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    Misty Holbrook, AZ, USA 11-06-07
    Misty Holbrook, AZ, USA 11-06-07
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    "Protect and Defend"

    Another excellent Mitch Rapp novel from Mr. Flynn. Highly entertaining, the action never lets up. There are some graphic sequences that are not for the faint of heart. If you a fan of Flynn's other novels, this is a must read.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Canon John 3 11-13-07

    Fr John

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    "Macho American Mitch"

    This was my first experience with author Vince Flynn and his hero Mitch Rapp. The book was fun, fast, refreshing blunt and filled with macho bravado and violence. It is centered on our current crisis with IRAN and offers some predictable yet solid insights for escapist fiction.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 11-11-07
    Thomas 11-11-07
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    "Not Enough"

    The only problem I have with Vince Flynn Books is that there just isn't enough of them. Come on Vince, Write faster.
    Without a doubt my favorite author, 6 Stars is not enough!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maryann Birmingham, AL, United States 11-18-15
    Maryann Birmingham, AL, United States 11-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Mitch Rapp my hero"

    Another exciting story from my favorite author Vince Flynn. Don't know how I will live without him. I especially like how he humanizes some of the villains Once you start one of his books you really don't want to put it down. .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    catuualos 02-11-15
    catuualos 02-11-15

    AMERICA...Military History, History, Action and the love of good believable thrillers.

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    "Another great Mitch Rapp book for the collection"

    This is just another great book in the Mitch Rapp series. It saddens me that a few more books and I'll be done with the series knowing no more books will be out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 04-26-09
    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 04-26-09

    Don't you just love a great story well told?

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    "Good Guy V. Bad Guys"

    The hero is a typical action hero The cool of Bond with the strength of Stallone. He is as tough and as dependable as the Royal Canadian Mounties. Mitch Rapp is a "man's man" to be frightfully cliche. Mr. Flynn is not writing literature with their complex deep often flawed heroes, he is writing fun thrillers. That doesn't mean that his writing is NOT entertaining. So anything about that lead character Mitch Rapp should be judged by that standard making this series a success. Poe's "old soul" voice for the narration somehow works for our young but dark hero. Finally, excellent production, (i.e. little or no mouth sounds for those who fuss about such things solely in these reviews.) Pure escapist fun reading year round if you like to hear about "bad guys" getting their due.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Queen Creek, AZ, USA 09-08-08
    Scott Queen Creek, AZ, USA 09-08-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable, predictable, quintessential Vince Flynn"

    I have read \ listened to many [most] of Flynn's
    novels. But this one, while enjoyable, was a
    little on autopilot.

    The story opens where the last one left off, for
    the most part, which I like, providing continuity.
    Mitch Rapp is his usual macho self, but somehow
    one dimensional in this novel- predictable, and
    a little flat without a love interest.

    Lots of action, a little suspense, and a little insightful
    as far as the middle east is concerned. But some of
    the foreign characters and their responses were
    unbelievable.

    I will get his next book. But I hope it's better than
    this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Perth, ON, Canada 03-09-08
    Kevin Perth, ON, Canada 03-09-08
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    "A bit of a let down"

    The story overview had me very interested in this book. The subject sounded interesting and timely. The actual book left me feeling let down. I really like an intriguing story that makes you think. One that opens your eyes to other perspectives. This book was, in my opinion, just another typical hollywood type story. Not terrible, but really falling short of what it could have been. Also, the main character was absurdly overdone as the untouchable "tough" guy.

    I felt the story was missing substance. It was also short on character development and a very one-sided presentation of what could have been a very intriguing story.

    On the upside, the reading was excellent - top notch. Would love to hear his reading of something better.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Overland Park, KS, United States 03-05-08
    Chris Overland Park, KS, United States 03-05-08
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    "Very few authors as listenable"

    There is a great difference between what may make a great book, and what makes a great audiobook. Some of my favorite novels are things I would have a difficult time listening too. But some books, like Orson Scott Card, and Vince Flynn leap off the page when read well. The narrator gives darn near perfect inflection of how you want the characters to react. And the story itself lends itself for the way this is read - a quick pace as action occurs, a slower, more thoughtful pace as the decisions are being made. This story is fully realized in this format and absolutely is a standout. If you're someone who listens to audiobooks while you drive, watch out! This is one of those that is so engrossing, you may need to look down and check your speed at the more action oriented moments ;)

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rex Canton, GA, United States 02-10-08
    Rex Canton, GA, United States 02-10-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Rapp is the MAN!!"

    This book is great. This type of character can easily be overdone like Roger Moore in the 80's Bond flicks. Flynn is now my favorite author!

    Mitch Rapp for President!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Tony
    8/25/15
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    "Gripping Story"

    A fast moving and gripping storyline as we have come to expect from Vince Flynn and hero Mitch Rapp. Pity the ending was so abbreviated otherwise it would get 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Churchill1940
    ILFORD, United Kingdom
    4/29/15
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    "A brilliant novel by a brilliant Vince Flynn!"

    The story drew you right into the novel. I could not put it down. Truly for it to end. Vince Flynn borders on genius.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martin Kilifin
    4/26/15
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    "Reliable Rapp"

    Good easy listening George does a great job as always. Love the series! Can't wait to read the next one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian C Dando
    1/17/15
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    "As always, Mitch Rapp is awesome. "

    Gripping, thrilling and believable. Fantastic writing and tremendous narration. Thoroughly enjoyable experience visiting Rapp"s world!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    12/13/13
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    "Mitch Rapp. My hero"
    Would you listen to Protect and Defend again? Why?

    Jack reacher, john puller....mitch is up there with the best. Mean and moody, one mega hard bar-stud but surely he deserves a bit of happiness soon!


    What did you like best about this story?

    If you like one mitch Rapp story you'll like them all.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    All the same. Very good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was difficult to stop at times.


    Any additional comments?

    When we see mitch Rapp in a film?! And who will play him? Surely NOT Tom cruise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. S. Davies
    Sussex,UK
    12/13/13
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    "Mitch turns more Mitch!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Protect and Defend to be better than the print version?

    Have not read in print but the way Guidall voices the characters is the way I'd imagined them from others in the series I have read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Mitch legend is building more and more through this book. I started at the back reading The Last Man and enjoyed so much I am going back over the back issues


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Guidall voices the characters is the way I'd imagined


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I listen normally in the car whilst at work (around 30 hrs a week!) and found myself siting in car parks not wanting to get out!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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